Looking through the Paris collections, one trend I picked up on was the prevalence of massive outerwear on the runway. While I am hardly looking forward to another season of sub-zero temperatures, I can’t deny that I am eager to have these beautiful coats in my life.
One design duo’s take on the trend was particularly arresting. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Kenzo (also of Opening Ceremony) produced a number of oversized outerwear that came in both solid shades and smatterings of their signature prints. Not wanting to think too hard about next winter (I’m still not over the last one tbh), I instead was reminded of a fun summer weekend I spent shooting a Kenzo lookbook a few seasons ago.
Much like the collaborative effort between team Kenzo and the renowned film director David Lynch, the aim of our shoot was to produce a sort of ‘other worldly fashion character.’ Kenzo collections often range from the extremely wearable to the outlandish, and imagining a story where the contrasting pieces could co-exist in the life of one ‘ultimate’ fashion girl was an exciting challenge.
To offer a sense of our mythical girl’s inner workings we decide to create an eccentric loft-style apartment that she could inhabit. Her walls must be gold to match her favorite jacket! Her furniture will all be draped with season-appropriate printed fabrics.
These themes were not meant to be subtle. Considering the minimalistic style that was prevalent at the time of shooting, the Kenzo girl was a welcome antidote. Our girl is all about maximum effect in both her lifestyle and her looks.
Photographer: Erik Madigan Heck
Stylist: Lester Garcia
Make-up: Kristin Hilton
Hair: Jordan M
Set Design: Shaun Kato-Samuel
Photo Assistant: Xi Singsong
Stylist Assistant: Caroline Mason
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